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Data and Systems Classification

Data and System Classifications

While data and system classification are among the most fundamental tasks you may have performed when building IT systems, it’s easy for those inventories to lose relevance and accuracy over time. The fact is that when it comes to networks, change often seems to be the only constant. New users and data are added, technology is cycled out, old users are replaced, and new systems are rolled out. An effective security and compliance program relies on accurate data and system classification, however, and many compliance frameworks require organizations to maintain updated classifications to enable hierarchical mapping of security controls to corresponding datasets and systems.

Time is always a challenge.

When you are focused on keeping your organization up and running, stopping to perform a new data and system classification inventory can be burdensome at best.

Undertaking a data and system classification can help you meet compliance requirements around data management, as well as enable better planning and decision-making to protect your environment from cyber attackers.

Data Classification Deliverables

  • Data Inventory – you’ll receive a complete record of the information resources maintained by your organization, from individual datasets, to incorporated databases, to the systems that access, store, or process them. This asset can provide valuable insights, giving you a complete picture for strategic decision making.
  • Data Flow Diagram – as part of your data classification deliverables, you will also receive a diagram that shows how data moves from one system or process to another. This can help you understand clearly where data may be more or less secure in the flow, as well as where and how you may want to implement more effective data protection strategies.
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